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We now have enough boy baby clothing to pretty much ensure that baby is a girl. But still next to no 0-3 month.

I want everything moved NOW and it's pretty much entirely out of my control and it probably isn't going to happen this week and it's making me really twitchy. I also want the laundry dry right now so I can go fold it. Maybe I'll take a picture of all the adorable little baby clothing hanging on the line instead. I'm tempted to see if I can move the couch I'm sitting on, since it isn't in its permanent spot.

Yes, I realize I sound insane and OCD.

All I really want is one specific trunk from storage - the one with the baby stuff. Then I can get it all out and sort it and put it away and so on, and then use it for storing blankets (the bed type, not the baby type). But it's probably buried under everything. Maybe I'll go check tomorrow when someone else can watch Leif.
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I finally got around to getting my exercise ball blown up (by mouth). Those things are heaven to sit on while pregnant. I have my chair for the next several weeks.

This morning, as I tossed Leif, a spare pair of shorts, and my bag in the trailer to go the the bank and the store, it struck me that it wouldn't be that easy again for quite a while.
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One of the things we've received secondhand is a big old playpen. Emphasis on big. I want one of the little ones with a bassinet to use as a safe place for naps, and this just doesn't fit the bill - it's a kid cage and that's all. Not really what we're looking for.

Last night I decided to go ahead and stick it up on freecycle (the message still hasn't gone through, in fact). I'm sure I could get $25 or so on craigslist for it, but since I got it for free and it was close to something I did need, it didn't feel right.

Today I stopped by the SPCA thrift store on a whim. They had an Arm's Reach Co-Sleeper. For $5.50.

Those of you who are parents probably know what a deal that is.

It's older, so I'm not sure what the actual value would be if I resold it (a newer one would be around $75), but a quick glance doesn't reveal any recalls for them. All parts seem to be there, along with three sheets. I'm not sure it 100% fits our needs - I know it can be used as a playyard, but does the side come up so that it can be used as a bassinet without being attached to a bed? But even if not, we can almost certainly trade it for something that does fit our needs perfectly.

The only downside is that now I don't get a chance to test my bedlike item on the registry hypothesis :)

I like when things work out.

ETA: Even better, [livejournal.com profile] rubbrduckage was the first to reply to the freecycle post. Yay, it's going to someone nice and I won't have to deal with flaky pickups and all that!
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I hate it when I feel the need to be productive and can't do anything about it. So you get me being frantic here, instead.

The local diaper service sells packs of retired diapers (DSQ prefolds, obviously), dyed lavender, 6 for $3.75. Not recommended for diapering - I don't know if that is an actual quality issue, or because they have a conflict of interest. I should order a pack and see what sort of shape they are in and if they'll let you specify size (if they don't, a co-op of some sort might work... Or just save the too big ones for later). Because that's really cheap. Also need the check the price on prefolds at the local baby store. I assumed they were expensive, but realized that the lack of shipping cost might make up for it.

I'm tempted to switch from motherease diapers to kissaluvs on our registry. They're not that much more expensive, a lot nicer, and size 1 should fit long enough to be "worth it". They would have fit Leif from about 2 months - 18 months or 2 years. But he can still wear the motherease now. Not that I really expect anyone will buy them, anyways.

I'm going to bet someone does get us the Pack-N-Play, which is the lowest priority thing on the registry, just because they so desperately want us to have something even vaguely crib-like. Not that I'm complaining, really. I wouldn't have put it on there if I didn't want one. I'll just be highly amused.

Leif fell and split his lip today. Poor dude. Amazingly, especially given his monkey tendencies, I think this is the worst he's ever been injured. And it really isn't that bad - bled a lot at first, but the cuts are small.

What should I do with this nice useless crib bumper I have in my posession? It's all yellow and gender neutral and stuff and I hate to throw it away. But it really is useless in its current form. Even if we were doing the crib thing, they're a safety hazard. And it takes up space.
Lists of what we have/need/want. Not that interesting. Mainly for koyote's benefit. )
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Is this my normal obsessive-once-I-get-started cleaning, or is it nesting?

I'm seriously itching the grab the vaccuum, but I shouldn't.

Instead, I'm going back through the past 8 months or so of journal entries and changing many of them to public. Whee. Either LJ or my internet connection is excessively slow.

At least my hip magically stopped hurting. Yesterday I could barely walk, but I must have done something right, because I'm entirely pain-free today.
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At the moment I feel like eating nothing but salad with some sort of added protein (but not nuts or cheese), fruit, and maybe something like yogurt or pudding or non-chocolate ice cream as my entire diet until the baby is born. Everything else seems like it would make me feel yucky one way or another.

I suppose there are worse diets.

I've been feeling really yucky in general lately, enough so that I'm dreading 1-2+ more months of this. I don't remember feeling this yucky last time, even at the very end. I probably just need more exercise, though. On the other hand, it was easier last time because I could more easily follow a "sleep when I happen to feel like it" sleep pattern after about this point.

Wow, that was a little scary. Someone called [livejournal.com profile] koyote. From the conversation, I figured it was probably our friend Christine. Leif apparently made the same mental leap, because he asked "Is that Christine?" It wasn't like the context clues were blatant, either. He might have been able to hear her, but she isn't someone he knows terribly well, so that would surprise me a little too.

Now he's back to the pretend game he's playing with his dinosaurs. Dinosaurs and a rubber chicken.

And now he is dissecting a tampon. Ah, the life of a 3 year old.

After his slight wandering the first night, he slept all night in the room by himself for the other three nights. Makes me wish there was a real possibility of a separate room for him in the near future. Same room/separate bed seemed so sensible until I found out how well he sleeps on his own!
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A perfect mango and cottage cheese. I feel like I'm about to die from yummy. There's nothing like fulfilling a pregnancy craving.
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Leif likes Mr. Rogers. This is gratifying. There's so much excessively stimulating hyper stuff he likes that it's good to see he can get into something a little more low key.

Him throwing a fit because it is over is slightly less gratifying, though still somewhat in an odd way.

I have a feeling someone is gonna need bedtime as soon as [livejournal.com profile] koyote returns...

Can't I just stay in the second trimester forever? It's so much more comfortable, physically and mentally. Rather disconcerting at times, but much more fun.
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Today I spent all day in a room with a midwife and 20+ future doulas. Not one commented on me being pregnant.

I was even wearing an official maternity shirt.

My body amuses me.
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Having a person living in your rib cage is not particularly comfortable.
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I'm impressed with myself this morning. Despite being sick, pregnant, and having had a less than wonderful sleep last night, I have already managed to get get to the store for a smoothie for Leif and various odds and ends, fed both kids and myself, pottied and dressed both of them (Leif twice, since he stripped and proudly declared himself nakey boy the second we got to Zander's), and gotten them out to the park before it gets too hot. All this by 9:00 AM!

Unfortunately, it seems no one else has achieved this level of motivation, as no other kids are here.

Hopefully they can get a little energy out now and the day will go a little smoother than yesterday.

Looks like I got Zander's outfit on backwards. Oops.

At around 5:00 AM this morning, I woke up and realized it was raining. Well, drops were falling from the sky, anyways. I'm not sure it was heavy enough to really qualify as rain. I was still feeling drops here and there at 8:00, but it seems to have stopped now. I fear this is just going to drive up the humidity.
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I found one of those "Rub my belly for good luck" Buddha shirts at the thrift store this afternoon.

Unfortuntaly, there are too few people in this world that I actually want rubbing my belly.
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Soooo hot. Need a nice shady pool to sit in all day.

I have a hard time knowing what to do with us on days we aren't babysitting. It's just so hot, and the number of things availble to do in air conditioning is limited.

Maybe I'll take him to the park in a bit. At least it is shady. Then we can go swimming this afternoon once it's late enough for there to be a little bit of shade to retreat to.

Mosquitos are bad this year - both Leif and I are covered in bites.

For all that Davis is painful during the summer, it does have it's good points. Evenings outdoors are pleasantly warm. The smell of the grass in the fields reminds me of summer camp. Downtown is a ghost town with all the students gone, making riding around much more pleasant.

If only I could get us napping in the afternoons and on more of a nocturnal schedule overall, but between babysitting and lack of calm, climate controlled space in which to do so, I don't see it happening.

If only it weren't likely to be 95+ every day until mid-September.

Leif wants to be all cuddly today. I don't get it. It's like 2380252 degrees out.

I'm starting to get leg cramps at night. Guess it's time to start eating more bananas.
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I don't remember braxton-hicks contractions (the uterus exercising, basically) being this annoying last time. They're not painful - it's kind of like the feeling of a blood pressure cuff being tightened around your waist.

As soon as that analogy popped into my head, I realized I came up with it last time, so perhaps they actually were this annoying.

I wore a tank top for the first time in who knows how long yesterday (actually, I do know exactly how long - I wore one to WEF in 2003). They just aren't really my thing, but I have recently acquired a pair of plaid shorts that fit but don't go particularly well with most anything else I own. I now have sunburned shoulders. I thought I was doing ok after the pool party last weekend, but forgot that I used this nice little invention called sunscreen then. I also wasn't out in the middle of the day, which may have been the problem, even though I tried to stay in the shade as much as possible.

We had lunch with people from [livejournal.com profile] koyote's hapkido class. One mentioned that at the pool party, she realized that I really was pregnant. Yes, indeed I am. I'm not the type to just go make these things up. I always do worry that people think I'm just faking it, since I don't show early. At this point, it still depends on what I'm wearing. Bathing suit or non-tent-like t-shirt, yes. Button down shirt, no. It's both cool and irritating.
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For the handful of you who aren't already aware, I'm currently 20 weeks pregnant. No offense meant to anyone who was filtered out - I didn't feel like having it be general UCD knowledge in case I found a job I wanted to apply for or something. But at this point it doesn't really matter, and I expect people know anyways :)

The filter in question is gone, and pregnancy-related posts are plain old friends-only if anyone cares to look, which I don't really expect you do.

I feel the need to simplify my filter structure in general. I tend to make a new filter every time I post about something I don't feel comfortable with some specific person or group seeing. But I'm exhibitionist enought that I still want it to be seen by the largest audience I feel comfortable with. This leads, as you might expect, to a few too many filters (10 at the moment, most of which are barely used).

I wish there was a way to view posts by security level. That'd make it much easier to go back through and change security levels as I restructured.

Of course, the true long-term answer is to trust you all more and compartamentalize less.

Thinking about worky type stuff...

For the past 5 years or so, my primary interest has been pregnancy/birth/parenting related stuff, especially for "crisis" groups (young parents, single parents, anyone who doesn't fit into the 30 year old in a heterosexual marriage with a middle to high income job ideal).

If I could get some nice reasonably challenging computer work as part of it, all the better. The two fields tend to attract such different people that both in one job would be unlikely. But on the other hand, small NPO doesn't necessarily need the added cost of a computer consultant...

I don't have any particular interest in being a homebirth midwife. Not that I don't believe in homebirth, but it's a level of responsibility and legal risk I'm not comfortable with, and I'm not sure it's where I can do the most good.

I've considered the Certified Nurse Midwife thing, and it's quite possibly that would be the most versatile and useful option (I've even seen recruitment ads from New Zealand for CNMs), but that would probably take at least 3 years of full-time school for my BA (I haven't done enough science-related for my previous work to count for much) plus the graduate work. I'm not sure that's something we can manage.

Becoming a certified doula would be pretty quick and easy, but that's not really a survivable job, especially since my primary interest is not working with nice stable upper-middle income familes who are willing and able to pay the higher rates. It's more of a supplemental income type thing.

It's possible I can find something related given my current degrees and experience. It likely would pay less than $10 an hour.

I can probably find some computer-related job that is reasonably enjoyable and pays well enough to get by, but isn't going to make me feel particularly good in the long run. And I don't think I can manage any sort of serious school at the same time.

This is all speculation at this point - while I can still probably hide the bump enough to get hired, it's really not what I want to do right now. Except that working somewhere air conditioned over the summer would be really nice.
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I'm feeling a little nesty these days. I have the sudden urge to sew a bunch of little baby kimonos, gowns, slings, pink hakama, what have you.

And a Waldorf doll or 3 for Leif - he was entranced with the star baby dolls he saw at Whole Earth Festival, and they seem like they'd be pretty simple to make.

I wish we had one of those rare tiny sewing machines that actually work decently so that sewing was something I could just do when I felt like it, and not quite such a production. I suppose I could always work on improving my hand sewing...

I suppose I will satisfy myself with looking for patterns and ideas online.
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The pair of shorts that fit reasonably comfortably 2 days ago no longer does so.

This means I'm down to one pair that really fits, and 2 that are vaguely tolerable with the rubberband through the buttonhole trick.

This reallly isn't a good time for this.
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Been feeling lots of kicks today. This is nice, as I haven't been feeling anything that was clearly kicks for the past few weeks, though I was feeling a lot around 11-13 weeks. Now suddenly it's kickies all over. Yay!

I'm totally excited this time for other people to be able to feel the kicks from the outside.
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It's too hot, and it's 20 degrees cooler than it will be all summer.

On the good side, these shorts should fit through the whole summer. I am not sure whether to feel amused or old after realizing that they're older than [livejournal.com profile] silkensteel's oldest daughter, who is a teenager. How the heck did I get old enough to own clothing that I can still wear that is older than a teenager?

Actually, they may be a few years younger than her, but not much.

I was just reading through my old journal and found this:

"You know you're pregnant when you want yogurt, and get upset at the idea of having ice cream as an alternative, since there is no yogurt in the house."

This time around, it's black bean soup instead of ice cream.

It makes me feel a little better about the lack of symptoms I'm experiencing right now. Some stuff that I thought happened at around this point last time (such as not being able to lie on my stomach comfortably) actually happened about a month later.


I don't think I was this bad until about 7 months or so last time around.

I'm not looking forward to this summer.

I am, however, looking forward to X-Men 3.
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Pregnancy hormones are crazy. Or make me crazy. Or both.

I've gone from basically no sex drive whatsoever (since Leif was born) to nearly stripping in the streets over the course of about two days. Happened last time too, though the difference wasn't quite so extreme.

I also go from about 2.5 to 4.5 on the Kinsey scale overnight (disregarding that, in reality, this would require actually taking action on feelings).

I mean really, the fact that I'm actually using this filter says something. I think the last time I posted to it (and when I created it), I was about this point along pregnant with Leif.

Although I certainly don't mind feeling more like a normal adult human being, it's a little scary to get such a graphic demonstration of how much brain chemistry influences personality. Touch feels physically different. It's just weird.


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